Ben Griffin put collectively a spherical of 63 with an eagle and 7 birdies to take a two-shot lead on the Sanderson Farms Championship; watch spherical three reside on Sky Sports activities Golf this weekend
Final Up to date: 07/10/23 8:15am
Ben Griffin ran up an eagle and 7 birdies to take the second-round lead on the Sanderson Farms Championship on Friday in Jackson, Mississippi.
Griffin’s nine-under-par 63 on the Nation Membership of Jackson – a career-best – propelled him to 14-under 130 for the occasion.
He leads by two photographs over Luke Record (66 on Friday), Australia’s Harrison Endycott (65), China’s Carl Yuan (66) and Sweden’s Henrik Norlander (67).
First-round chief Chesson Hadley posted a 69 on Friday and is tied at 11 below with Harry Higgs (64), Troy Merritt (65) and China’s Zecheng Dou (66).
The spotlight of Griffin’s spherical was a 65-and-a-half-foot eagle putt from simply off the inexperienced on the par-five 14th gap – it moved him right into a tie for the lead, and birdies at Nos. 15 and 17 gave him a superb cushion coming into the weekend.
“I stepped again off of (his second shot at No. 14) and form of hit a bit little bit of a skinny 3-wood I’d say, nevertheless it nonetheless chased up there and went all the way in which to the again of the inexperienced from 65, 70 ft,
“I am simply making an attempt to lag it, and it was only a bonus to see it drop. However that is what has to occur out right here when you may have these low 60s form of days.”
The 27-year-old is but to win on the PGA Tour and earned one top-10 end in 2022-23. Nonetheless, he ranked a good 66th within the FedEx Cup Fall Standings coming into the week and will crack the highest 60 with a win.
That may qualify Griffin for 2 of the tour’s signature occasions subsequent winter: the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am and the Genesis Invitational.
Griffin says he needs to capitalise on a specific motivating issue for profitable a event named after a poultry producer.
“I am primarily vegan. I am plant-based, so it is the Sanderson Farms event, so it is form of a humorous one,” Griffin mentioned.
“I simply need the headline to say, ‘Vegan wins hen championship.’ I imply, it is dangerous – that is dangerous.
“However I’ve acquired to be sincere with you guys, that is form of a motivator for me – I feel it might be form of humorous of a headline if I get it carried out.”
Ludvig Aberg of Sweden, the one Ryder Cup participant on this week’s area, is tied for sixteenth at eight below after taking pictures a 69 on Friday.
The 36-hole reduce got here at 5 below par. Sam Bennett (4 below), who was the low newbie at this 12 months’s Masters, missed the reduce. So did the event’s defending champion, Mackenzie Hughes of Canada (4 below), and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (one below), who’s the highest-ranked participant within the area primarily based on world rating at No 35.
Watch the Sanderson Farms Championship reside on Sky Sports activities Golf this weekend.